Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May's Completion

First Hand Quilting Project
  So it's only May 22 but the rest of the month will be kinda busy for us with the Memorial Holiday and family thought I would go ahead and post May's Completion.

As posted in the last post, I did get my ten pillow cases turned in for charity.  YEAH!!!

My Hand-work for May was this hand-quilted little table topper.  This was my first attempt at hand quilting and loved the process.

Sitting proud!
I was so lucky to find Marie Blash as my first teacher, I learned so much from her and give her a HUGE THANKS.

Not sure you can see the quilting, but what you would see are small stitches, BIG stitches, uneven stitches, stitches in the ditch, stitches from a floral stencil, and stitches you may not even see because I didn't come all the way though with my overall, a GREAT first learning project. 

I had a great time with this project and so, even though it's not the best hand quilting one would see, it does sit proudly in my entry way.

Warm Hugs,
Pam O

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Progress on the May Line-up

So...I did get an active start to my May Line-up.

This is the "Back to School" quilt I started, have the center done and two of the large houses.  Still a lot to do and almost sure the will roll over to the June On-going projects.

This second picture shows how it will look when it is completed.

On-going project for May:  I finished the ten pillowcases and ready to turn into the guild tomorrow.

Handwork for May:  Have worked on the hand quilting...pretty sure it will be done by the end of the month and I'll show pictures.

Warm hugs,
Pam O.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Line-up for May

OK, this is the Line-up for May.  

Back in the Fall of 2009, the Temecula Quilt Co. featured a quilt in "Quilt Sampler Magazine" called Back to School.  I bought the kit and just now going to attempt this,  I know it will take me way more than a month to complete but going to give it an active start.

Using Reproduction prints, I will learn to make more than half a dozen different blocks of small patterns. Not the best picture there in the background, will post a better picture of the completed project.

On-going for May.
This year I have been donating children's pillowcases to one of the guilds I belong to, my plan is to get 10 more done by the meeting on May 8.  This works pretty well for me,  at the beginning to the year, I took all (well most) of the children's fabric out of my stash and cutout over 50 pillowcases, that way, when I just have an hour or so to sew, I can put one of these together pretty quickly.

Handwork for May.
For the past few months now, I have been taking a class from Marie Blash on Hand Quilting.   I have 3 more corners and the binding to do on my first project and I'll be ready at that time to post a picture.  Love the process!

Busy month ahead, better get to sewing.
Warm Hugs,
Pam O.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A quilt for Maxine.

Step Outside the Circle
I said last week, when I started writing again, that I would go back and post some of the things this I finished/made in 2012.   I actually finished this quilt in 2011 and named it Step Outside the Circle,  I may have written about it in back then, but it leads to the story of a quilt I did finish in 2012.

My friend, Maxine, was over and I was showing her this quilt.  She loved it and I think she's right when she says that black, red and white make for a crisp looking quilt.

The next day Maxine gave me a call and asked if she could have that quilt.  Now, for those of you that know me, know I would have given her that quilt in an instant, but I had done some pretty detailed quilting and was a little attached to it.  She understood and was very happy when I said I would make her a black red and white quilt.  She said it didn't have to be the same pattern...just had to be those colors.  So this is what I made her.

I'm sure I signed and dated the back but not sure I gave it a name, so it's just Max's quilt to me.  She loved it and keeps it of her sofa and ready to use at any given moment..

For the back, I used up the left over blocks and added some of the black and white fabric I got from Ikea.  The quilt itself went together pretty quick.

The quilt pattern I used for mine was "Nine-Patch with an Attitude"
I named it: Step Outside the Circle
Pieced and quilted by me, Pam O.

Sorry, I don't have the pattern name for the quilt I did for Maxine.
Pieced by me, Pam O
Machine quilted by Sue Salinger.

Warm Hugs,
Pam O

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crazy for Color

Crazy for Color
I think this was my longest living UFO, so I had to post the finished quilt.

I started the quilt in 2009 at our QBS retreat.  Off and on I would post pictures of the work in progress. I just finished this last month, March 2013.

I would work on it then and put it away to collect more fabric.  This quilt has 48 blocks, but no borders.  The more I collected in different fabrics, the crazier the quilt became, hence, the name of the quilt became Crazy for Color.

Quilt Pattern: Mumbo Gumbo
Quilt Name: Crazy for Color
Pieced by Pamela O.
Machine Quilted by: Sue Salinger

Awww....nice to have this one completed

Warm Hugs,
Pam O

Monday, April 15, 2013

Flowers in Paris

Not sure how to get started in all this again, so guess I'll just start writing.

A friend of mine came up to me the other day and said, "do you know it has been one year that you have posted anything on your blog".  Actually, I didn't realize it had been so long or that anyone was paying attention.  It has been a trying year with illness in the family....but very happy to say we are on the road to recovery.

It's not that I stopped sewing, I have been working on some UFO's (un-finished objects), some embroidery, and other odds and ends.  I will post pictures at a later date of those finished projects.

Flowers in Paris
Today, I thought I would start posting with this quilt that I just finished this morning.

This was a fun quilt to work on.  The pattern is called French Country designed by Andrea Gillingham & Debra Haigh of Serendipity Designs.  The fabrics I used are American Jane by Moda.

The flowers are raw edge appliqué, set on point, with a pieced inner border and finished with a mitered border.  This may have been my first attempt at a mitered border..had to watch a lot of tutorials on U-Tube.

Anyway, glad it's done.  Must say, not the best picture.
I named it: Flowers in Paris
Pieced by me, Pam O
Machine quilted by: Sue Salinger.

Warm hugs,
Pam O.